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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hi I'm 29 years old I've got 2 children and was pregnant 1 month ago my legs have bin iching a lot at the back when I'm in bed I've bin iching them never thought they was stretching I'm so upset I've got lies of strech marks at the back please help thank you





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I'm nearly 16 and I have got lots of stretch marks on my breasts, thighs and just behind my knees.I was quite a late developer with my breasts but they developed rapidly and left me with lots of stretch marks it was the same with my height (although I am still really short)which left me with lots of stretch marks on my thighs. I am not sure what caused the stretch marks behind my knees. I have my prom soon and I am worried about wearing a prom dress as with many my stretch marks are really visible. I am quite embarrassed.





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You can buy camouflage make up like vichy dermablend x

I have had stretch marks since I was thirteen and now I'm 23. I was a heavy set kid and over the years I have slimmed down but they are all over my body but the worst is my arms. The only place i really want them gone is my arms. They make me feel horrible because I want to wear short sleeve cute shirts but can't because of how horrible i think ill look. I was going to try to tan them but I heard that makes them look worst, I tried body makeup but that didn't work and I won't even get to the oils ive used. Nothing works to even just fade them to the point of not noticing i wish i could get surgery on them so bad but its pretty expensive and I can't afford it right now. I wish I could just stay in the house all summer. Stretch marks have really lowered my self esteem its pretty crazy how other things can get hidden like moles, spider veins, tattoos and bad skin but not stretch marks ..





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Hi I'm 15 years old and suffer from stretch marks, I never ever had stretch marks until one day I noticed I had them all over my bum, hips, thighs and my chest I weigh 7 and a half stone and I have never been heavier than that. I really does effect my confidence I'm always scared to wear shorts and go swimming, which doesn't help that I go abroad twice a year I was just wondering if anyone knows what I can use to get them to disappear or even lighten them?? Thank you





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Hiya I am 14 and I have loads of strech marks on my boobs and the back of my leg and I've tryed cream and it is not going a way and I don't like my body because of the strech marks and could u give me some advice or help me thank u xx





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Hello, Im just 15 year old and I have a lot of stretch marks, my boot, my tights, behind my kness and also at sides of my knees (inner part). My mom is a Dr. But Im afraid of asking her something because she is always complaining about my looking. (1.64 - 59kgs) Dont know what to do, I cant go to swim because Im afraid of what people may say about the marks. Help me, please?





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Anyone suffering with Stretch Marks should be looking into DermaEraze. It's not a comfortable procedure but it works and it works fast!!!!! It's also quite reasonably priced. I saw a 60% improvement after only 4 weeks. There is a lot of information about it on the net so just google Dermaeraze and you will find information about it not only from the company that invented the procedure but from a lot of people that have tried it, I hope this helps others suffering because for me it was heaven sent.





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Hello, I am 23yrs and have stretch marks on my arms. How can I get rid of tgem, im scared they will stretch when im pregnant. Please help me out.





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I have really bad stretch marks I'm only 17 I don't want it put on here or TV but I want help or advice on how to get rid of them they are lumpy red sometimes sore and irritating and cover my whole side of my hips it's embarrassing.





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I have had stretchmarks for years now but I'm only 17. My heaviest weight was 13 stone at 13 years old but I'm now a healthy 10 stone. My stretch marks a horrendous around my hips and at the backs of my knees and I was wondering if there is anyway anyway at all that can make them go away? They're killing my confidence and are a constant reminder of my heavy childhood. Any help would be greatfil please





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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